An old soul – who would love to control the Duniverse – Arthur Ahbez tailors tunes using the fine threads of psychedelia, folk and sitar. With roots in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, a region that has helped many locals and travellers alike to realise what life’s really all about, Arthur has just released his second album, Volume II, and is itching to tour it beyond Aotearoa. Sarah quizzed him about music, recording, and seeking out the Spice Melange.
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